Meter reader fined GHȼ18,000 for duping property owners

The Nsuta Circuit Court has sentenced an electricity meter reader to a fine of GHȼ18,000.00 for swindling 10 property owners under the pretext of assisting to supply power to their property.

Ibrahim Alhassan Gawsu, was additionally ordered to refund the monies collected from the victims, and to pay compensation of GHȼ4,000.00 to the Northern Electrification Distribution Company (NEDCo), a subsidiary of the Volta River Authority (VRA).

[contextly_sidebar id=”KpVrUNXroVEADOHNz72s0KZ0nC9ljuTC”]He would in default serve 10 years in jail.

The court, presided over by Ms. Lydia Osei Marfo, gave the punishment after he pleaded guilty to defrauding by false pretence.

Police Chief Inspector Daniel Gbedzinu, said the convict had been contracted by the company two years ago to take electricity meter readings in houses in the Ejura Municipality for calculation of monthly bills.

Between 2015 and 2016, he convinced 10 property owners that he could help supply power to their property and succeeded in collecting from them cash totaling GHȼ4,165.84.

The convict, however failed to deliver on his word, and the matter was brought to the notice of the company.

When confronted by the Municipal NEDCo Officer, he confessed to taking the money, and he was subsequently handed over to the police.

Source: GNA